Thursday, November 16, 2017

There Goes Another One

Ohio State Rep. Wes Goodman, a family-values champion, resigned this week after admitting to inappropriate conduct in his office with another man.

A warrior for the anti-gay principle of "religious liberty," Goodman, who's married to a woman, describes himself on his Twitter page as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican."

He needs to change that to "Hypocrite. Outed. Unemployed. Putz."

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Familiar Holier-Than-Thou Story

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate in Alabama for the U.S. Senate, is so far out there on the Christian conservative scale that he first lost his position as Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court for refusing to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the court building.  Later he lost the same job after telling probate judges in Alabama to ignore the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing marriage equality.

Moore is such a zealot he believes Christianity should supersede public laws.  So now you tell me that this good Christian is accused of forcing a 14-year-old girl into a sexual encounter when he was 32?  And three other women say he pursued them when they were teens?

I'm shocked.  Next you'll tell me Alabama is conservative.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

This Week's Quote

Hey Donald J. Trump this is just the beginning. Once you’re ousted as President you’ll be escorted from the White House by transgender troops.

Andy Borowitz

Source:  Facebook

There's No Being Unaware Now

Danica Roem in Virginia.  Andrea Jenkins in Minneapolis.  Lisa Middleton in Palm Springs.  Tyler Titus in Erie, Pa.  And apparently, Stephe Koontz in Doraville, Ga.

Each of these transgender individuals won political races yesterday.  I'd say that's really going all out to mark the fact that November is Transgender Awareness Month.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Making History

A year ago America elected Donald Trump president, and since that moment life has been a challenge for most minority groups.  Transgender folks have taken some of the hardest hits, so today's Election Day news is that much more meaningful.

Danica Roem has captured a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, making her the first openly transgender person ever elected to a state legislature.

Huge congratulations to this brave pioneer, and gratitude to Virginia voters.  I doubt Trump is concerned by Roem's victory, but Jeff Sessions might be having a Pepto-Bismol night.

The Gang's All Here


Monday, November 6, 2017

Flying South

Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein have both checked into The Meadows, a pricey rehabilitation facility in Arizona.  When James Toback shows up, group therapy will look like an Oscar party.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Hoop Headway

In the early days of the WNBA, the league was so apprehensive about its lesbian players and fans that it even put out a press release listing all the players who were married or engaged to men.

This morning the WNBA's Facebook feed featured a bunch of photos from yesterday's wedding of All-Star Elena Delle Donne to Amanda Clifton.

Where lesbians are concerned, the league has gone from boxing them out to posting them up—on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

This Week's Quote

Kevin Spacey has just invented something that has never existed before: a bad time to come out.

Billy Eichner

Source:  Twitter

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Week Begins

Yesterday Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed the first charges in the Russia probe, and a federal judge blocked Trump's ban on transgender people in the military.

If Mondays were always this good, I'd be a much nicer person. 

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

This Week's Quote

Playboy is featuring its first ever transgender Playmate in its November issue. And if you think that’s not natural, neither are any of the other Playmates.

Seth Meyers

Source:  Newsmax

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Wrap Your Mind Around This One

America has no shortage of conservative Christian pastors making nutty claims about LGBT people, but one fellow has skyrocketed to the top of the loopy list.

On his radio show "TruNews," Rick Wiles blamed the Las Vegas shooting on gay Nazis. Yes, you read that right.

According to PinkNews, Wiles said, "America has become a Nazi state. The deep state is a Nazi state."

He cited the appearance of Jesus Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who wounded the shooter, on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Wiles explained, "That is why Campos appeared on a daytime talk show hosted by a fast-talking, dancing comedienne, and, let me add, a lesbian, because this Nazi regime is a gay/lesbian Nazi regime, just like Nazis in Hitler’s day."

Yup, you gotta watch out for those fast-talking, dancing comediennes in Hush Puppies.  The dancing is really an attempt to grab up Lebensraum.  To a beat.

Wiles added, "The Nazi takeover of Germany was a militant homosexual fascist takeover; that is what is taking place in America today."

Uh huh.  And Hitler was a Radical Faerie, Eva Braun was a drag queen and Joseph Goebbels was a stone butch named Frieda.

Friday, October 20, 2017

It's a Dirty Job, But . . .

Georgia state Rep. Betty Price suggested in a hearing this week that people with HIV could be quarantined.

Price is the wife of former Trump health secretary Tom Price.  I guess now that her husband has lost his job, SOMEONE in the family has to keep those queers in line. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Mr. Delusional

Today Donald Trump gave his administration a grade of 10 out of 10 for its handling of the devastation in Puerto Rico.

Nobody ask him to grade his administration's support of LGBT people over these first nine months.  He'll give it a 20 out of 10.

"Throwing Paper Products at the People"


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

This Week's Quote

Gay icons usually have some tragedy in their lives, but I've only had tragic haircuts and outfits.

Kylie Minogue

Source:  ThinkExist

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

"Haul Ass, Mike!"


Watch as President Trump keeps Vice President Pence on a string, which stretches all the way from Pennsylvania to Indiana.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Give Me That Old-Time Dissonance

At the Values Voter Summit, the annual gathering of Christian conservatives at which President Trump spoke today, attendees received a swag bag that included a flier promoting a book called "Hazards of Homosexuality."

Among other things, the book claims homosexuality is a mental disorder.  It seems to me a mental disorder is when you succeed in convincing yourself that a man who's broken most of the Ten Commandments is suddenly an upstanding Christian leader.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Leader Theater

This morning I realized that I start every day hoping to hear that Donald Trump has resigned. I also realized that when that day comes, I'll have to write something like this:  The king is dead. But now we're stuck with Pope Pence.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Week's Quote

October is LGBT history month, Oct. 11 is National Coming Out Day, Oct. 31 is Halloween which is Gay Christmas . . . anyway, Happy October, it's gay.

Caitlin J. Stout

Source:  Twitter

Friday, October 6, 2017

Terrible News Friday, Regroup Saturday

From The Associated Press today:  "In a one-two punch elating religious conservatives, President Donald Trump’s administration is allowing more employers to opt out of no-cost birth control for workers and issuing sweeping religious-freedom directions that could override many anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people and others."

Well. My wife and I were already signed up to attend a fundraiser tomorrow evening for a women's rights organization here in Seattle. Legal Voice has a distinguished track record of fighting for reproductive and LGBT rights. After today's announcements out of the other Washington, I expect the speeches tomorrow to be impassioned, the crowd outraged and the booze barely adequate. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wham

Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Justice Department asked a federal court to dismiss a legal challenge to President Trump's ban on transgender people serving in the military.  Also today, Sessions rolled back Justice Department policy that protected transgender workers from discrimination.

Sessions may look like Ernie the Keebler Elf, but today he turned into Punchy, spokes-batterer for Hawaiian Punch, as he laid out transgender folks with a joyful one-two punch.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

This Week's Quote

Today Trump went to Puerto Rico to survey the damage done by the hurricane. And Mike Pence will go there tomorrow, to survey the damage done by the president.

Jimmy Fallon

Source: Newsmax

Germany 23rd Country to Legalize Gay Marriage

On Sunday Karl Kreile and Bodo Mende became the first same-sex couple to marry in Germany.  Because I'm half German, I'd like to say to the Berlin couple, "Ich gratuliere!"  If you can't guess, that means, "I bet you're registered at Amazon."

Friday, September 29, 2017

'Bama Bros.

We know how homophobic Attorney General Jeff Sessions is.  Roy Moore, who this week won the Republican primary runoff in Alabama for Sessions' Senate seat, is even more homophobic.

What is it with these 'Bama Lama Ding Dongs?

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Frog in Your Throat?

Infamous conspiracy theorist Alex Jones likes to say that the government puts chemicals in the water to turn people gay, and that gay frogs are the proof.  Last week on his "InfoWars" show Jones said it's becoming clear "that the majority of frogs in most areas of the United States are now gay."

That's why, on any Friday evening, you'll see female frogs gathered at their local lily pad, absorbing martinis through their skin and whining that all the good ones are gay.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Where Does Trump Keep Finding Them?

CNN ran a story online today that opened this way:  "In a pair of 2015 speeches, President Donald Trump's nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas described transgender children as evidence of 'Satan's plan,' lamented that states were banning conversion therapy and argued that sanctioning same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality."

So, LGBT community members, are we tired of winning yet?

This Week's Quote

And last but certainly not least my LGBQTIA family, I see each and every one of you. The things that make us different, those are our superpowers. Every day we walk out the door, put on your imaginary cape and go out there and conquer the world. Because the world would not be as beautiful as it is if we weren't in it.

Lena Waithe, accepting the Emmy for comedy writing

Source:  Upworthy

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Show Business


Why am I putting a philosophy professor on a humor blog?  Listen to John Corvino make a great case for why Christian business owners need to stop discriminating against LGBT people.  Then watch him offer the goodies.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We're Baaaaaack


from Tammye Nash

This Week's Quote

I don’t know how to say it that’s not corny as hell—I’ve been having a love affair with the gay community. I got a million letters. I think Thea would love it.

Edie Windsor

Source:  Vanity Fair

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Who's Perverse?

A fellow named Don called in to an Australian radio show yesterday to participate in the discussion on the country's upcoming vote on same-sex marriage.  During his remarks, Don stated that Hitler did two good things—put gay people in concentration camps and built the autobahns.

Clearly America isn't the only country these days plagued with folks publicly declaring their attachment to Nazism.  When it comes to unnatural affection, these dopes beat us gays all to hell.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Weather Eye

If Hurricane Irma batters Key West, some Christian preachers will proclaim it's God's judgment on the LGBT outpost. If it batters Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, the same preachers will call for prayers for the president.

Key West would be punishment; Mar-a-Lago would be a natural disaster. Amazing when you consider that they're only about 200 miles apart.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

This Week's Quote

So why do Republicans continue to stand by him? G.O.P. congressman Duncan Hunter summed up the core ideology of the modern G.O.P. best when he said of Trump on Friday to a group of Republicans, quote, "He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole." Now, I’m not a licensed proctologist, but Congressman, there is something seriously wrong with your asshole.

Seth Meyers

Source:  YouTube

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Christians Come Through

According to Right Wing Watch, fundamentalist Christian radio host Rick Wiles declared on Tuesday that Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston's "affinity for the sexual perversion movement."

Wiles said, "This is a proud city that, in recent years, has boasted of its allegiance, its dedication, its devotion to the homosexual/lesbian agenda."

And extremist pastor Kevin Swanson said today on his radio show that Hurricane Harvey is God's judgment on Houston because the city "was persecuting pastors and churches" and had "a very, very aggressively pro-homosexual mayor." Plus the Texas legislature failed to pass a bathroom bill.

Swanson added that Harvey is headed toward New Orleans as that city prepares to host Southern Decadence, which he described as "the largest sexual perversion event in the country."

For a while there I wondered if the level of human agony wrought by this hurricane had made these good Christian types think better of rushing to their default position, namely blame the LGBT folks.

But no. It's our fault. God's in his heaven and he hates our guts. Amen.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

This Week's Quote

I don't believe Hurricane Harvey is God's punishment for Houston electing a lesbian mayor. But that is more credible than "climate change."

Ann Coulter

Source:  Twitter

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Waiting Game

Who else is waiting for LGBT people to be blamed for Hurricane Harvey? It's as though a hurricane isn't complete until that soggy shoe drops.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

One Nation Under Trump

Yesterday President Trump signed a directive banning transgender people from the military, and he pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, thereby signaling tacit approval of racial profiling.

What will he do today to further fragment America?  Send Louise Linton to Texas?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

"The Big Deal"

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras released this video earlier in 2017 to promote marriage equality in Australia. Watch until the end. You'll thank me.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Hypocrisy Much?

President Trump addressed the nation on Monday evening on the subject of Afghanistan. He began his speech by praising the unity of America's diverse military. Trump stated, "When we open our hearts to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice, no place for bigotry and no tolerance for hate."

At bases everywhere, transgender service members fainted from the dissonance.

This Week's Quote

In news photographs and video, you catch other politicians glancing at the president in obvious bafflement. Not Pence. Never Pence. He moons. He beams. It’s 50 shades of infatuation.

Frank Bruni

Source:  The New York Times

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Right Atmosphere

Recently at a tony Washington, D.C., restaurant called the Prime Rib, a man and his male partner asked to split an ice cream sundae, only to hear their waiter say that two men eating out of the same bowl "doesn't go with the ambiance of the restaurant."

And bigotry does?

Monday, August 21, 2017

A Trio with Brio

Earlier this month in Sydney, Australia, a group of homophobes attacked 34-year-old Ivan Flinn, dislocating his jaw. He thought he was about to die.

But lo and behold, three guardian angels intervened. Their names were Coco Jumbo, Ivy Leaguee and Vybe–drag queens who'd performed earlier in the evening.

Flinn said "the next thing I knew Ivy went in and was scrapping with the guy who punched me. They’re in the middle of the road, cars swerving around them, tooting, and I saw the guy rip her wig off.

"They were bashing each other and she’s still wearing her high heels."

Coco said she threw a fellow into the gutter. "I don’t think they knew what they were getting themselves into. I used to play rugby league."

Ivy noted, "These big burly guys couldn’t even throw a punch, all they could do was pull hair and run."

The saviors' wigs and outfits were damaged in the fracas, but Coco said, "It’s all just materials at the end of the day, there’s no use crying over split lace."

Flinn, though, is showing his gratitude by raising funds to replace the battered attire. He's making sure his guardian angels look like queens.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Raising a Red Flag

Commentator Star Parker went on Fox News a couple of days after the events in Charlottesville to defend President Trump, and along the way she equated the Confederate flag with the rainbow flag, claiming, "These two flags represent the exact same thing: that certain people groups are not welcome here."

Exact same thing?  I don't know which side should be angrier, us or the Nazis.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This Week's Quote

Imagine if you're a Jewish person in Germany and you had to go to Hitler High School . . . that would be completely offensive to you on the deepest level and that's how people of color feel in this country when we have to deal with figures like Robert E. Lee [and] Confederate flags. It's no different than flying a swastika.

Don Lemon, openly gay news anchor

Source:  CNN

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Birds of a Feather Sing Together

Randy Rainbow posted this photo on Facebook today and gave it the perfect caption:  "Guys, please stop calling them nazis. They prefer to be called the Gay Men's Chorus of Hate."



Friday, August 11, 2017

In Conclusion

PinkNews published a piece today listing some of the more bizarre studies about LGBT people.

"Researchers" have reached stunning conclusions, like over-indulging in fatty foods makes you gay; lesbianism developed because women being attracted to women excites men; similar magnet poles repel each other, proving same-sex attraction is unnatural; and women are either gay or bisexual, but never straight.

Such crap.  Except for that last one, which I feel deserves further study.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

This Week's Quote

According to The New York Times, Vice President Mike Pence is planning on running for president if Trump doesn’t run for a second term. But he issued a statement strongly denying the article, saying it was disgraceful, offensive to me, my family and our entire team. He said to suggest he is running for president in 2020 is laughable and absurd. Right, why would Mike Pence want to be president in 2020? He’s going to be president much, much sooner than that.

Jimmy Kimmel

Source:  Newsmax.com

Monday, August 7, 2017

Symbolic Timing

On Thursday night a double rainbow appeared over the White House.

Of course it did. Trump wasn't there.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Silver Lining to the Military Mess

After President Trump tweeted his ban on transgender folk in the military, Coast Guard officials personally reached out to all 13 openly transgender members of the Coast Guard to offer support.

So said the leader of the Coasties on Tuesday. Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft himself contacted Lt. Taylor Miller, who was featured in a Washington Post article last week as the first openly transitioning officer in the Coast Guard.

"If you read that story, Taylor’s family has disowned her . . . And I told Taylor, I will not turn my back. We have made an investment in you and you have made an investment in the Coast Guard and I will not break faith," said Zukunft.

If you'd told me a year ago that a branch of the U.S. military would publicly support and protect its transgender members, I'd have blurted out, "Right, and Donald Trump will be commander in chief."

Um . . . 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

This Week's Quote

If something stinks, I say it stinks. But I try to massage it a little and not be as cutting, come behind it with a joke: Hey, I cut you deep, but now let me put a couple of stitches in you.

Wanda Sykes

Source:  Brainyquote.com

Darn


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Trump's Trifecta

On one day this week, as The New York Times pointed out, the Trump administration took three separate steps to roll back LGBT civil rights.

It made for a helluva Wednesday.

Briefly, Trump tweeted a ban on transgender people serving in the military; the Justice Department intervened in a private employment lawsuit, arguing the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn't protect gay workers; Trump announced he's nominating Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, who likes gay people as much as he likes kidney stones, to be the nation's ambassador at large for international religious freedom.

On that day, said HRC leader Chad Griffin, Trump "truly declared war on our community."

Poor Wednesday.  It never meant to start a war.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Generally Good


Don't Bury the Lead

Ana Brnabic, the first openly gay prime minister in Serbian history, said she doesn't want to be known just for being a "gay PM."

Fair enough.  But given eastern Europe's pervasive homophobia, I think it's a swell place to start.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Trashes Transgender Troops

So this morning that president of ours tweeted that transgender people will not be allowed in the military.

Which is worse?  That Trump chose today, the 69th anniversary of President Truman's executive order integrating the military, to launch discrimination? That between college deferments and those infamous bone spurs in his heels, Trump himself evaded military service?  That this move deflects attention from the White House's swampiness?  And panders to anti-LGBT Christian conservatives?  And puts pressure on Democrats in key states?

How about that this announcement caught the Pentagon off guard?  Or that transgender people were finally allowed to serve openly just last year, and now they have to deal with being marched right back into the closet?  Or that Trump is using patriotic Americans as political cannon fodder?

I wish to God that back when he was avoiding Vietnam he had fled to Canada. Then he'd be their problem.

They've Been in the Wars


This Week's Quote

I'd met my first boyfriend in a place called the Man Hole—not the sort of name that suggests fidelity.

David Sedaris

Source:  When You Are Engulfed in Flames

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Discrimination, Italian-Style

Citing their Catholic beliefs, the owners of a guest house in Italy refuse to "accept gays and dogs."

Their bigotry will only hurt them.  Everyone knows golden retrievers are big tippers.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Make It So

The real final frontier is about to be crossed.

"Star Trek:  Discovery," set to air next year on CBS, will feature a same-sex couple.  Out actors Wilson Cruz and Anthony Rapp will play the first gay couple in the 51-year history of the "Star Trek" franchise.

Wow.  Somebody has set phasers to stun.

That somebody is "Discovery" creator Bryan Fuller, who worked on "Star Trek:  Voyager" in the '90s and remembers the stiff opposition he encountered to including a gay character back then.

Things have changed.  Now resistance is, well, you know.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seattle Sue Comes Out

We lesbians in Seattle have long suspected it, and now it's confirmed:  Sue Bird is gay.

The stellar Seattle Storm point guard came out in an espnW story posted today.  Furthermore, Bird is dating openly gay Seattle Reign FC star forward Megan Rapinoe.

We suspected that, too.  My we're good.

How fortuitous for Bird and Rapinoe that they're both pro athletes playing in the same city in leagues with similar schedules.  The goddess of women's sports practically threw them together.  And if they tire of talking about sports, they can move on to other things they have in common, like beauty, wealth and fame.  Really, how could they not be an item?

As a Storm season-ticket holder, my only concern is how this relationship will impact Bird.  If love starts to make the ball handler butterfingered on the court, the Reign must do the responsible thing and trade Rapinoe.  To Beijing.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This Week's Quote

I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed.  That is very gratifying to me.

Barbra Streisand

Source:  Frankly, My Dear

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Choice

Today's commentary in The Advocate addresses a popular question in the LGBT community:  Which would you prefer as president, Trump or Pence?

To me that's a choice between dysentery and mad cow disease.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Free to Pee, You and Me

In case you missed it, last week the group trying to destroy Washington's pro-transgender bathroom law had an appointment to submit petitions to get its initiative on the ballot.

The group cancelled the appointment.  It turned out Just Want Privacy hadn't managed to secure enough signatures to qualify for the election.

Bravo to my fellow Washingtonians who declined to sign.  Across the Evergreen State, you've made gladder bladders.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

This Week's Quote

But the bigly event this weekend: Donald Trump finally met his BFF, Russian President Vladimir Putin. They’d never met before, and they could not take their beautiful blue eyes off each other.

Jimmy Kimmel

Source: Idiocracy23.com

Monday, July 10, 2017

Anglicans Say No More Conversion Therapy

The Church of England is taking a stand against conversion therapy, saying it has "no place in the modern world."

Neither does the monarchy, but the church let that slide.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Twisted Independence Day


LGBT newspaper Gay San Diego posted this image today on Facebook as a Fourth of July offering, along with the words, "May all your beaches be open." Only a gay man would think of combining New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's beach scandal with "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" 

Monday, July 3, 2017

If Only

Completely ignored by President Trump, Pride Month has come and gone.  If only that man would do the same.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Germany Takes Down the Wall

Lawmakers in Germany voted today to legalize same-sex marriage.  Germany was actually one of the first countries in Europe to legalize same-sex partnerships back in 2001, but it took until now to approve the whole enchilada.

Forgive me.  The whole schnitzel.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Pastor Disaster

Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace Community Church in Los Angeles claimed earlier this month that there are no gay people.  There are just people who choose to sin.

May the pastor be lifted to heaven by Sylvester on one side and George Michael on the other. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This Week's Quote

I Love Boys of Every Color Except Orange

Sign held by a guy at San Francisco Pride

Source:  Huffpost

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Reliable Ally

Yesterday Vice President Mike Pence spoke to Focus on the Family, on the occasion of the virulently anti-gay organization's 40th anniversary.

Pence told the gathering of conservative Christians, "I promise you, Focus on the Family, you have an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump."

Down in hell, Satan thought, "So do I."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Sunday Traffic Jam

I read today that this cool June we've been experiencing in Seattle is about to end, and that Sunday, the day of Pride, could see temperatures in the mid-90s.

My mind instantly turned to the International Fountain at the Seattle Center, where the post-parade party is held.   With heat like that, the fountain will be so loaded with lesbians in sports bras and twinks in designer briefs that children may have to kick some knees just to get near the nozzles.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This Week's Quote

We're here, we're queer, get that Cheeto out of here!

Chant during the Equality March in Washington

Source:  The Associated Press

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wonder Women

I went to see "Wonder Woman" last night.  My favorite scenes were early in the movie, when the Amazon warriors are training.  This suggests that a) I'm a lesbian, or b) I'm a lesbian.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Not in a Rush

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told Congress this week that he hasn't raised the issue of gay persecution in Chechnya during any of his meetings with Russian officials.  Tillerson said the matter is "on our pending list. We did not make our way through all of the issues in the meetings we’ve had."

But I'm sure the gay purge is a priority for him.  He'll get to it right after he asks the best way to make borscht.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This Week's Quote

I want to get the hell out of here before Bette Midler thanks anyone else.

Tony Awards host Kevin Spacey near show's end

Source: The Washington Post

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Anniversaries

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was . . . yesterday.

Monday, June 12th, marked the first anniversary of the Pulse massacre. Mourners gathered in Orlando and around the country yesterday to remember the 49 LGBTA souls lost and 58 wounded a year ago.  Their crime?  Dancing. Dancing while gay.

Pulse was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.  As much as gays like to make a splash, we would prefer not to be the holders of this record.

Pulse was the worst of times.  But it's important to remember that yesterday was also the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, when the Supreme Court struck down laws banning interracial marriage.  An expansion of civil rights generally, Loving v. Virginia helped lead to Obergefell v. Hodges specifically, so for the American LGBT community, June 12th has a silver lining.

Or a rainbow lining.  Take your pick.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Today's Winning Politician


This photo appeared today on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Facebook page, captioned "I don't march in the Boston Pride Parade.  I dance."

If she doesn't have it already, I hereby nominate the senator for honorary lesbian status.

For the record, I too have marched in the Boston Pride Parade.  And danced. And tripped. 

Let's Make a Deal


from Bisexual.org

Friday, June 9, 2017

West Hollywood Confessions



In a nod, of sorts, to Pride month, Jimmy Kimmel asks denizens of West Hollywood, L.A.'s gay ghetto, the straightest thing they've ever done.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Washington, D(azed) C(onfused)

President Trump hasn't issued a Pride proclamation for the month of June, and he hasn't hosted a Pride reception at the White House.  Yet he claimed during the campaign that he would be a "friend" to the gay community.

I'm confused.  Perhaps Sen. McCain could explain it to me.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This Week's Quote

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said that while schools receiving federal funds must abide by federal civil rights laws, the department will not enter decrees on things like LGBT discrimination. Coincidentally, LGBT is also how Betsy DeVos thinks you spell discrimination.

Seth Meyers

Source:  Newsmax.com

Friday, June 2, 2017

Trump This Week

On the last day of May, President Trump issued five different proclamations recognizing June as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month, National Homeownership Month, Great Outdoors Month and National Ocean Month.

Notice what's missing?

Instead of declaring June LGBT Pride month, as President Obama did every year of his presidency, Trump has been utterly silent.  He dissed every queer person in America, and the next day he dissed every nation and the earth itself by pulling the U.S. out of the Paris accord.

The only way I could dislike him more is if he launched an attack against Syrian refugees using baby seals as ammunition.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Week's Quote

JK Rowlings thinks shes tough.  Stupid dyke.

Unknown Twitter user

1. I don't think I'm that tough.
2. I definitely do stupid things sometimes.
3. I'd be so gay if you were the alternative.

J.K. Rowling's tweeted response

Source:  HuffPost

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Ferrying Their Fears On a Holiday

If you want people to sign your petition here in the state of Washington, one of the best places to go is a ferry terminal.  The people waiting in their cars to drive onto the ferry are a captive audience.  And if it's a holiday, you'll find twice the usual number of captives.

That's what passed through my mind after I spotted two women with clipboards preparing to cruise the lanes of cars yesterday, Memorial Day, at the Kingston ferry dock.  Based on their middle-American appearance I found myself thinking, "Oh God no, not the bathroom bill.  Please let this be something else.  A push for a state gnome or something."

But nooooo.  I can't remember now if I heard or saw the words "Just Want Privacy" as a canvasser approached the car ahead, but I knew we three in our car were about to be asked to sign a petition to get Initiative 1552, which would discriminate against transgender people, on the ballot.

I alerted my wife, Anne, and our friend, Phil.  Anne must've been waiting for a moment like this, because she instantly told us what she wanted to say to the woman.  I deferred to her, in part because I was in the back seat, and I find it hard to be authoritative from there.

The woman approached us with a smile, and launched in.  I guess we didn't appear hospitable, because she commented that the looks on our faces suggested we disagreed with her.

Anne said, "We care about you.  We really do."  The petitioner thanked her. Anne added, "But I think what you're doing is shameful."

The woman shrugged and moved on to the next car.  Phil, with his big heart, probably wanted to run after her and sign the damn thing just to make her feel better.  And Anne, she got to say what's true for her in this Age of Trump, that she cares about everyone, but she's sick to the teeth of people hating on other people.

And me, I needed some ice cream.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Story of Sodom Meets Marvel Comics


from Friendly Atheist

Taiwan On the Right Track

In their decision that will make Taiwan the first place in Asia to allow same-sex marriage, justices of the island's Constitutional Court yesterday called sexual orientation an "immutable characteristic that is resistant to change."

Resistant?  I'd call it downright allergic.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This Week's Quote

I knew the full "Judy Garland Carnegie Hall" double album set at age 2. And then my mother wondered why I was gay. I was like, "Are you nuts? You would make me get on the table to sing Judy Garland songs and you're upset?"

Mario Cantone

Source:  Brainyquote.com

Monday, May 22, 2017

Cap and Frown

Yesterday at Notre Dame's graduation ceremony, students walked out when Vice President Mike Pence began his commencement speech.  They were protesting, among other things, Pence's anti-LGBT record.

I'm a tad surprised the Catholic university invited Pence in the first place, since he long ago ditched Catholicism to become a fundamentalist Christian.  It's like asking Benedict Arnold to speak to the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Nation Aggravation

According to reports, Lithuania is the first country to grant asylum to gay and bisexual men fleeing the gay purge in Chechnya.

The United States, by contrast, has denied visas to Chechens running for their lives.  I haven't been this mad at my government since . . . 10 minutes ago.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bang Goes the Gay Male Reputation

I just clicked on a Facebook link in order to read a story from The Advocate about a bigoted Kentucky judge.  Instead of a written story I got a short narrated video version, followed by another video story about Michael Moore's film at the Cannes Film Festival.

But the narrator pronounced "Cannes" as "Canes."  As in rhymes with "trains."

I assume the narrator is an Advocate employee, which probably means he's gay.  Gotta hand it to The Advocate.  Somehow the LGBT magazine of record found the only gay man in America to whom the world's glitziest film festival is a mystery.

This Week's Quote

In her testimony, Sally Yates said she warned White House officials about Mike Flynn being compromised by the Russians.  Yates also tried to warn Mike Pence, but every time she entered the room he yelled, "Out, temptress!"

Conan O'Brien

Source:  Thoughtco.com

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Fun With Stereotypes

My wife Anne and I just returned to Seattle from a week in Vermont.  Our main purpose in being there was to help my elderly mother with her needs, so we had little free time.  But I've promised myself that the next time we're in the Green Mountain State, I'll whisk Anne over to the town of Woodstock just so I can snap a photo of a lesbian walking into The Vermont Flannel Company.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today's Executive Action

The "religious liberty" executive order President Trump signed today did not, after all, expressly target the LGBT community.  Is this a sign he's decided to embrace us or will he simply attack us farther down the road?

We don't know.  I'm confident Trump doesn't either.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Tutu Ado

Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi recently told students at Greybull High School, "I know a guy who wears a tutu and goes to bars on Friday night and is always surprised that he gets in fights.  Well, he kind of asks for it.  That's the way that he winds up with that kind of problem."

And that's the way the senator wound up with a problem:  irate Wyomingites from Sheridan to Cheyenne.  Who found a creative way to protest the Republican's victim-blaming remarks.

They turned their anger into ballet-wear.  Men and women wore tutus to school, to work, to bars, to protest parties.  In Laramie there was a tutu tutorial for those unschooled in the art of making the gathered skirts.  Which was probably just about everybody.

As the massive anti-Trump protests across the country have led to a spike in the sales of art supplies, I assume Wyoming has seen a run on muslin, gauze and nylon.  Jo-Ann Fabrics doesn't know what hit it.

Butch's Bar, a biker bar in Evansville, held a tutu party last Friday, organized by the bar owners' gay son.  "Bartenders in tutus paused with customers to move their hands overhead and sing the song 'YMCA,'" reported The Advocate.  "Upstairs tutus, feather boas and people in plain clothes twirled on the dance floor together."

Say what you will about him, but Sen. Enzi got the state thinking about anti-LGBT violence, and he got bikers dancing next to boa-sporting gays.  He brought people together to fight for human rights, and he deserves a nickname for the (accidental) progress he caused.  I suggest Bishop Tutu.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Congressman Begs Forgiveness for America's "Sins"

Last night in Statuary Hall inside the U.S. Capitol at an annual gathering of right-wing Christians, some 20 members of Congress took turns leading the assembled in prayer.  When Rep. Randy Weber of Texas got to the podium, he confessed "several of the sins our nation has been so emboldened to embark upon."

Weber warmed up with offenses like removing the Bible from schools, and then he got into the meat and potatoes.  "Father, we've trampled on your holy institution of holy matrimony and tried to rewrite what it is and we’ve called it an alternate lifestyle.  Father, oh Father, please forgive us," he said, breaking into tears.

Then he got equally emotional about abortion, before segueing into the national debt, which apparently wasn't weep-worthy.

After Weber finished, the statue of Will Rogers whispered to the statue of Rosa Parks, "I'm keeping up with the times better than he is, and I've been dead for 80 years."

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

This Week's Quote

In the early eighties, I was pretty innocent and confused.  I was like Marie Osmond, only with bigger eyelashes.

Boy George

Source:  The Mammoth Book of Great British Humor

Monday, April 24, 2017

Murderer on a Schedule

It appears to be true that President Ramzan Kadyrov said he wants the LGBT community of Chechnya to be eliminated by the beginning of Ramadan.

Hate to see what he's got planned for the end of it.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day 2017

I'm about to set out for the Science March here in Seattle. I'm wearing my pink pussyhat, which some might view as diluting today's pro-science message.

I prefer to think of it as multi-tasking.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The District of Gomorrah

Family Research Council senior fellow Robert Maginnis went on SkyWatchTV recently to talk about "the occult influence on D.C. elites."

The "rank evil" that pervades the nation's capital, influencing even the most well-intentioned public servants, includes witchcraft and homosexuality, and how gayness gets tossed into a discussion on the occult I don't know.  It seems that whenever evil is the topic, homosexuality gets a mention.  It's the all-purpose flour for the conservative Christian baker.

"If you look around Washington, you have Dupont Circle, famous for being the center of homosexuality in Washington, you have all sorts of activities down there that are pretty souring," said Maginnis.  "You have a lot of witchcraft. You have a lot of hedonism.  You have all the issues that—when I think of Sodom and Gomorrah, I often think of Washington, D.C. in the same thought."

Well, when I think of Sodom and Gomorrah, I think . . . oh, who am I kidding? I never think of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

This Week's Quote

You Can't Deduct Golden Showers

sign at New York City Tax March

Source:  Esquire

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's Your Choice

I recommend you read yesterday's New York Times editorial, which lays out why the gay Republican claim that Donald Trump would be an LGBT ally has proven breathtakingly wrong.

Or you can slap yourself repeatedly.  You'll feel about as good.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Melissa Spicey Bunny


The president's press secretary apologizes for his Hitler comments and provides a lesson on Passover.  Don't pass it over.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Fantastic Four They Aren't

On Tuesday four North Carolina House Republicans filed a bill to defy the U.S. Supreme Court and ban same-sex marriage in the Tar Heel State.  The four conservative legislators are Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, Carl Ford and Mike Clampitt.  Or, as I now think of them, Groucho, Chico, Harpo and Zeppo.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article144006904.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article144006904.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

This Week's Quote

As scary as it was being raised by one Jewish mother, I have to feel for my kids because they have two Jewish mothers.

Judy Gold

Source:  Brainyquote.com

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trying My Best to Keep Up

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a fierce opponent of same-sex marriage, resigned yesterday owing to his doozy of an extra-marital affair.   Also yesterday Kenneth Adkins, the pastor who tweeted Pulse victims got "what they deserve," was found guilty in Georgia of molesting a teenage girl and boy.

It's hard to keep up with all the hypocritical shenanigans of prominent gay-haters.  I think I need a grant.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Chechen Magic

A week ago I read that over a hundred gay men had been rounded up in Chechnya, but the president's spokesman denied it, on the basis that there are no gay men in Chechnya.  Today I read that those men are being held in a concentration camp-style prison.

Quite a trick, imprisoning people who don't exist.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Randy and the First Lady—Ivanka



Randy Rainbow gets off a bunch of zingers in his "interview" with Ivanka Trump, White House asset.  Well, not exactly asset . . .